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Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft by G. Pascal Zachary

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DOG FOOD

Should we or shouldn’t we?

The question of whether or not to create a new file system for NT gnawed at Gary Kimura. It was a momentous decision. A file system organizes the contents of a hard disk or a floppy disk into files and folders. Constantly relied on, a file system is a crucial piece of the operating program, defining the customer’s experience with a PC almost as much as the interface.

The choice facing Kimura was stark. On the one hand, the team could stick with the existing DOS and OS/2 file systems. The advantage lay in their familiarity. Customers and programmers already used them. There would be, as the marketeers at Microsoft said, a smooth transition. On the other hand, neither file system met the level of reliability ...

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